The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 31, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, October 31, 2013

Doris Ann Carrico

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Doris Ann Carrico, 79, passed away on Friday morning, October 25, 2013, in Vitas Inpatient Hospice Unit, San Antonio.

She was born in Huntington, W.Va. After graduating from Vinson High School, Class of 1952, she joined the U.S. Navy.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Mae Carrico, her brothers Richard, Jack and Jerry Carrico, and her son Gregory Michael Moore.

Her survivors include her daughters Marsha Sojot and Lisa Moore, her sons Kelly and Christopher Moore, grandchildren Lee and Christopher Sojot, Joshua and Matthew Dowdy, and Stacey and Stephanie Moore, great-grandchildren Tianna, Angelica, Alyna, McKenzie, Ciara, Tiana, Julissa, and Ryker.

Doris enjoyed life to the fullest and lived in West Virginia, Tennessee, California, Hawaii, Florida and Texas. She loved studying astrology with her many friends and she had a lifelong love of books, along with the bible, she loved reading books by James Patterson. She loved music, especially Elvis Presley and Josh Turner, playing scrabble, card games and doing crosswords.

She donated her body to science to further the education of mankind. She will be remembered by all for her charming wit, kindness, and generosity. 

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Arrangements entrusted to Olinger-Saenz Mortuary Service, 6614 S. Flores St., San Antonio. 210-924-4137

David Lee Church

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — David Lee Church, 55, of El Segundo, formerly of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the UCLA-Harbor in Torrance, Calif.

Born on January 26, 1958, in Mullens, he was the son of Rita Tabor Church Robinson of Beckley and the late Rev. Gerald B. Church. He was also the step son of Danny Robinson of Beckley.

David was an engineer for Chevron in California. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and WV Institute of Technology at Montgomery, WV.

He was of member of the Beckley Church of God, and had made his home in California for the past 10 years. Prior to moving to California, he owned and operated a restaurant on the Island of Grand Turk in the British West Indies. David and his friend Dennis Foster enjoyed bike riding along the Redondo and Venice beaches. He was a scuba diver, enjoyed NASCAR, and also spending time with friends and family. 

In addition to his father, his grandparents, Lawrence and Icie Church and Charlie and Lillie Tabor preceded him in death.

Surviving other than his mother, Rita Church Robinson, include his fiancé, Stacy Rocca of El Segundo, Calif.; his brother, Phil Church and his wife Valerie of Talcott; three nephews, Phillip, Adam and Daniel Church. Several great nieces and nephews are also surviving.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Church of God Family Worship Center, on Pinewood Drive, in Beckley, on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Stacy Dingess and Rev. Boyd England officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Pallbearers will be men of the Church of God Worship Center congregation. Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Randall Elbert Davis

NORTH SPRINGS — Randall Elbert Davis, died Oct. 27, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Jackie Lester and William Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may call 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Bruce Dorton

PRINCETON — Bruce Dorton, 83, of 213 Kim Street in Princeton, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Cassell’s Board and Care in Princeton, with his loving family by his side.

Born November 1, 1929, in Daisy, Ky., he was the son of the late James Dorton and Thelma Parsons Dorton.

Bruce was retired from Island Creek Coal Company with 30 years service. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a U. S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. Bruce was an ordained Deacon for many years with Ikes Fork Freewill Baptist Church. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Rasnick, Helen Ford and Marie DeFuria; and three brothers, John B. Dorton, Bernard Dorton and James Ron Dorton.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Christian Dorton of Princeton; one daughter, Tammy Vest and husband Shawn of Princeton; one granddaughter, Jaime Vest that was his pride and joy; special friend and caregiver, Angie Richmond; and his extended family at the Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Health Care, Cassell’s Board and Care, Hospice Compassus and Dr. Michael Remines and his staff.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013, (today) at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Rev. Daniel Gunnoe officiating. Burial will be at Palm Memorial Gardens in Matheny, on Friday, November 1, 2013, with the Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.

Family, friends, and members of the Princeton Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.

Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 11 a.m.  on Friday.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the service hour on Thursday, October 31, 2013 (today).

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Dorton family. 

Lewis Elon Feamster

LEWISBURG — Lewis Elon Feamster, 93, of Lewisburg, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte.

Lewis was born April 16, 1920, in an apartment over Strealey’s Restaurant on Washington Street in Lewisburg, the son of the late William Elon Feamster and Estelle Clayton Lipps. The family moved into the Old Greenbrier County Library and lived there three years and his brother was born there in 1925.

He was a graduate of Lewisburg High School. He served his country in World War II as a sergeant with the 4th Repair Squadron 4th Air Depot Group as an airplane mechanic serving in Australia, New Guinea, Luzon and the Philippines. He was employed by Kroger nine years and with VEPCO 39 years.

Lewis was a 75-year member of Lewisburg United Methodist Church serving as a Trustee and a member of the Official Board. He was active in American Legion Post 69, the Fairlea Ruritan Club and Greenbrier Valley Antique Car Club. His hobbies were hunting, woodworking, gardening and antique cars.

He was proud of his heritage through Dr. Cyrus A. Rupert (great-grandfather) for whom the town of Rupert was named and William McClung (great-great-grandfather) the first white settler in Rupert.

Lewis was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Gillespie, Nellie Rupert Feamster and brother, William Feamster.

He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Dorothy King Feamster; son, Donald Lewis Feamster (Patty) of Cleveland, N.C.; daughter, Nancy Turner of Morgantown, W.Va.; grandson, Shiloh Travis Turner of Morgantown; step-grandson, Shawn McClung (Bobbi) Alderson; step-great-granddaughter, Lauren Comi, Morgantown; nieces and nephews, Betty Lou Gillespie Young, Jeff, Pam and Sarah Feamster; and three special young ladies who were like daughters, Linda Dunbar Redmond, Meg Tuckwiller Munton and Susie Cole Handley. Special friends Dorothy and Jeanette Albaugh.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013, at  Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel in Lewisburg, with the Rev. Rick Brown and the Rev. Beth Peters officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Rosewood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 223 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901 or to the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 69, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

In consideration of the family’s health, please refrain from wearing fragrance.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Templeton Gillespie

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — “Temp” was born at home, June 16, 1927, in White Sulphur Springs, the son of Kenneth Maxwell Gillespie and Mary Frances Morgan.

He graduated from White Sulphur Springs High School, Class of 1944. He played in the North-South Football Game in 1944. Following High school he attended Bullis Prep School, Pennsylvania Maritime Academy, Virginia Polytechnical Institute and graduated Marshall University, class of 1951. While at Marshall, he was President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and Member of ODK Honorary Society and walk-on football player and played Varsity tennis for the Thundering Herd.

His military service included being a staff sergeant during the Korean War, with honorable discharge in 1945; recalled to service six months later, deferred to finish college and upon return received a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in 1950. He was Commanding Officer of Bridge Company, 51st Armored Engineer Battalion, 6th Armored Division, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He was Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Purdue and later to Major General Pence.

Following the service, the Flowers Shop brought him back to WSS to join his father in Kenneth M. Gillespie & Son, Florist. They operated stores in White Sulphur Springs, The Greenbrier, Florida Gold Coast area in the Breakers, White Hall & Biltmore Hotel in Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Boca Raton Club, Hollywood Beach Hotel & Roney Plaza in Miami.

After his retirement, when in WSS, Temp attended Flower Shop morning meetings and kept check on the 3rd & 4th generations. His civic duties included, Cub Scout Leader, President of WSS Community House Association, WSS Council Member, Vestry Member and Treasurer of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Temp loved tennis and the fellowship that came with it throughout his life. He was the originator of the GEHS tennis Team, member of Greenbrier Valley Tennis Association, Tournament Director of 2 USTA sanctioned tennis tournaments held in WSS. Instrumental in building the three tennis courts at WSS Memorial Park and The Courts at GEHS. Temp retired to World Tennis Center in Naples, Fla. where he enjoyed playing and watching tennis.

Later in life, he enjoyed playing the game of golf. The only requirement in playing with Temp was his partner had to tee up his ball, due to two artificial hip replacements; many thanks to all his golfing buddies for their dedicated duty. In Florida, he continued to make new golf friends at The Premier Club.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Charlotte Merriam and Marjorie Carte.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phebe Russell Brisbin; daughters, Mary Palmer (Bob) Columbus, Ohio, Martha Sams (Bobby) of WSS; sons John (Jane) and Charley (Jerri) both of Lewisburg; grandchildren Richard, Steven, Russell and Alex Gillespie, Myles Sams, Emily Monfiletto (Chris), Elizabeth Palmer and Rebekah Sams; close cousin Steve Morgan; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and cousins.

Many thanks to his caregivers, Donna, Lynn, Audrey, Vicki, Jeremy and Hospice care staff.

Employees of Gillespie’s Flowers will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Care, 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901 and City of White Sulphur Springs, Park & Recreation Fund, 34 W. Main Street, WSS, WV  24986.

Services will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at St Thomas Episcopal Church, 205 West Main Street, WSS, WV.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Butler Hall.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs is serving the family.

Charles Edward Griffith

LAUREL BRANCH — Charles Edward Griffith, 75, of Laurel Branch, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

He was born September 8, 1938, in Glen Rogers, W.Va., the son of the late Luther and Maxine Hammonds Griffith.

He was a retired coal miner and member of the UMWA Local 1503, having last worked at Peabody’s Harris Mine.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Ruth Ellen Dennis.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years Ruth Virginia Armstrong Griffith; two daughters Regina (Larry) Roberts of Clear Fork and Janet (Kelly) Stewart of Statesville, N.C.; two sons Charles Luther Griffith of Mill Creek and Jesse Mark (Caroline) Griffith of New Bern, N.C.; three sisters Ella Mae, Phyllis and Carolyn; two brothers Benny and Lloyd “Buck”; 12 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and one due in December; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, November 1, 2013 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home with Bro. James Bailey officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Ernest Holcomb Jr.

DANESE — Ernest Holcomb Jr., 92, of Danese, passed away, Tuesday October 29, 2013, following a long illness.

Ernest was born February 7, 1921, in Lookout. He was the son of the late Ernest Holcomb and Louise McKnight Holcomb.

He was a World War II Navy veteran, He worked as a paint and body repairman for Crawford Chevrolet in Lookout. He was a coal miner and a member of UMWA.

Survivors are his wife of 69 years, Midge Holcomb; three daughters, Sharon Tolliver and John of Danese, Sue Young and Bryan of Roanoke, Va., Karen Kinder and Rick of Danese; a son Gary Holcomb and wife Macy; two brothers, Ronald Holcomb and Ursula of Clarksville, Tenn., Donald Holcomb and Shirley of Salina Kan.; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Charles Kinder officiating. Burial will follow in Clifty Cemetery on Sunday Road at Hico.

Friends may call Friday from noon until funeral time.

Online condolences may be sent to

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements

Sandra L. ‘Pam’ Johnston

CROMWELL, Ind. — Sandra L. “Pam” Johnston, 59, of Cromwell, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery off Gatewood Road, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Johnston family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Warren McNeely

GAP MILLS — Warren McNeely, 70, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church, Organ Cave. Burial will follow in the Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Tony ‘Larry’ Metrick

 On Monday, Oct. 28th, 2013, our most loved, Tony “Larry” Metrick, of the Oak Grove Community, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. He was in the 64th year of his life.

The fifth of seven children, Tony Lawrence Metrick was born on April 8th, 1949. Affectionately known as “Larry” throughout his life, he was the son of the late Tony Lawrence and Helen Martin Metrick. A brother, Kennis and sister, Jean Metrick have preceded him in death, as well as his mother-in-law, Gertrude Cook Tolbert. 

Larry’s childhood was spent on Murray Street in Beckley. He attended Central Elementary School and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Larry’s work ethic began early in life. At the age of 16, he would walk to work to Johnny’s Dollar Market at Sprague. As he grew older, Larry went to work at Wayne Insulation in Falls Church, Va., returning to Beckley to work at Beckley Honda. In 1974, Larry entered the coal industry retiring in 2006, from Dakota Mining. Always staying busy, Larry then worked in maintenance at Cranberry Woods before fully retiring in 2011 due to ill health.

In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting and fishing and all kinds of water sports. As his four daughters who adored their Dad, said, “Daddy liked to tinker. He was a ‘Jack of all trades a Master of none.’ But did he ever love his family! His wife, children and grandchildren meant the world to him.”

On August 30th, 1974, he married the love of his life, Patricia Rae Tolbert. To Larry and Patty’s union was born his four daughters, Amy Metrick Burgess of Old Eccles Road, Kellie Villenave and her husband, Ben of Oak Grove, Kathryn Blankenship and her husband, Christopher of Fayetteville and Allison Metrick of Oak Grove.

He was the proud “Papa” of Garrett, Tessa, Lillie, Clay, Kennedy, Sage and Anna. 

The family worshiped at the Oak Grove Christian Church. 

Larry was the dear brother of Connie Foshee of Summersville, Nicki Kist and her husband, William of Panama City, Fla., Eric Metrick and his wife, Susie of Beckley and Glen Metrick and his wife, Nancy of Ft. Myers, Fla. and his sister-in-law, Virginia Metrick of Beckley; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Larry was very fond of Patty’s family, the Tolberts. His father-in-law, Clifford Tolbert is still living at age 95, as well as a large extended family. Larry was blessed with many friends. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, Nov. 1st from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Oak Grove Christian Church. Committal Services will be at 1 p.m. in the church cemetery. Elder, Dwight Zutaut will be officiating. Larry’s family will carry him to his final resting place.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to: The American Heart Association, 162 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301 or the American Lung Association, 2102 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25311.  

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley. 

Linda Kay Stover Mills 

On Monday, October, 28th, 2013, Linda Kay Stover Mills, 66, of Beckley,  passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Born on January 26th, 1947, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Arminta Stover.

Linda was a graduate of Clear Fork High School, Class of 1965. She was a homemaker and an avid reader.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Earnest Mills and her daughter, Martha Elizabeth Mills. 

Survivors include her daughter, Lynda Jo Scarbro and her husband, Dwane of Beckley; her son, Fredric Mills and his wife, Amy of Beckley; nine grandchildren, Miranda, Emily, Michael, Katie, Kelly, Tristan, Ian and Samuel; one great grandson, Caleb. 

Friends may join the family for a visitation on Friday, November 1st, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary. 

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at 

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Violet Vandall Sepkowski

Violet “Sug” Vandall Sepkowski of Beckley, died Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 2013.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 12:45 p.m. at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. The rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 2  p.m. The Rite of Committal will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. 

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Thelma Mae Stewart Tunstalle

Mrs. Thelma Mae Stewart Tunstalle, 89, of Beckley, died Friday, October 25, 2013.

Born August 12, 1924, in Pax, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Bishop John Ottowa and Ida Lee Miller Stewart.

Mrs. Tunstalle worked in the Housekeeping Department at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital until retirement and was a member of Faith Temple of Deliverance Church, Beckley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Romanceles Tunstalle; son, James Romanceles Tunstalle; granddaughter, Tamyiko Tunstalle; grandson, Tyron Hopkins; brothers, John A. Stewart, Stanaford L. Stewart, James Stewart and Leroy Stewart; sisters, Viola Stewart and Deloris Stewart and grandson-in-law, Curtis “Kirk” Miller.

Left to cherish precious memories are her children, Bishop Bobbie Tunstalle of Beckley, Terry Tunstalle and Viola (Lloyd) Dillard, both of Columbus, Ohio, Belinda Tunstalle (Hopkins) of Beckley, Vivian (Marvin) Grayson of Dunbar and Mary (Gregory) Claytor of Winchester, Va.; brothers, Bishop Ernest (Deloris) Stewart of Beckley and Elder Curtis Stewart of Goldsboro, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be noon, Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Free & Independent Holiness Church, 106 7th Street, Beckley, with Bishop Toney Carter and Pastor Scott White officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family may be contacted Friday evening November 1, 2013, at 109 Totten Street and 116 Washington Avenue, Beckley.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley. 

Naomi Prichard Williamson 

Naomi Prichard Williamson, 79, formerly of Oceana, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Tyler’s Retreat in Chester, Va. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was born May 18, 1934, at Taplin, W.Va., the daughter of the late Harvey and Elizabeth (Lizzie or Bird) Parsons Prichard Bell. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Roy Williamson in 1999. They lived in Oceana for 30 years prior to moving to Virginia.

Mrs. Williamson worked for several years in the 1980s at Buddy’s Discount at Matheny. In her late 40s, she obtained her GED and then her driver’s license. She and her children were very proud of these two accomplishments.

Mrs. Williamson is survived by two daughters, Marcella Williamson of Chester, Va. and Estelene (Matt) Boratenski of Glenwood, Md.; two sons, Michael (Alyce) Williamson of Daniels and Larry Dean Williamson of Chester; eight grandchildren, Jeremy Michael Parenti of N. Dinwiddie, Va., Ashley Elizabeth Minter of Bethesda, Md., Justin Dean (Amy) Williamson of Fairdale, Va., Sidney Anthony Williamson of Bon Air, McKenna Elysse Williamson of Daniels, Jacqueline Camden Williamson of Bon Air, Christopher (Julia) Boratenski of Evergreen, CO, and Dana (Andy) Boratenski of Manhattan Beach, CA; four great-grandchildren, Giavanna Marie and Valentina Rose Parenti of N. Dinwiddie, Caydan Boratenski of Evergreen, and Kailey Renee Williamson of Fairdale.

She was preceded in death in 2007 by one son, Gary Dale Williamson of Bon Air;  two sisters and three brothers and her stepfather, Elbert Bell.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Chapmanville. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. by Karen McClanahan. Following the service, she will be buried next to her husband in the Williamson family cemetery at Wilsondale, Wayne County, WV.

For those who wish, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice noted to the attention of E. Boratenski, 15246 Calloway Court, Glenwood, MD 21738.

Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services are serving the Williamson Family.